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Optimal consumption: 8 to 15 years
Ageing potential: 20 years
Producing commune: Chassagne-Montrachet.
Site: Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet lies in Chassagne, right below the Bâtard-Montrachet vineyard. It is one of the greatest white wines of the Côte de Beaune.
History & tradition: the term "criot" derives from "crai", meaning stony soil.
Soil: located on a mild slope, the soil is a brownish limestone mixed with gravel. The secret of this exceptional terroir comes from the unique interaction between the deep layers of limestone and the roots of the vines.
by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
The golden colour shows bright reflections. The aromas reveal complex notes of white fruit associated with touches of vanilla, almond and grilled bread.A very long finale with hints of preserved and ripe fruit.
2016 was hit by frost, leading to a heterogeneous crop with nervous wines and more precocious maturities. Many beautiful wines in this multifaceted vintage.Vintage review
Supply: this wine comes from grapes and musts purchased from supply partners according to rigorous specifications.
Harvest: grapes harvested by hands in open-work crates. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded.
Vinification: slow pressing in a pneumatic press. The juice of the last press is separated of the free run-juice. The juice is transferred into wine barrel after a little settling.
Ageing: the alcoholic fermentation as the malolactic and the ageing are being processed in oak barrels. The proportion of new barrels is around 30%.
The ageing lasts between 18 to 21 months.
Origin of the wood: oak grown in French high forest.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.